Chicken, butter bean and tomato salad in a green lunchbox

Healthy packed lunch recipes

46 Recipes

Forget soggy sandwiches and make something tasty for your packed lunch with our healthy recipes. From salads to soups, you'll be looking forward to lunchtimes.

Chicken with Spanish-style butter beans

5

(1 rating)

Stuck for lunchbox inspiration? Try this healthy chicken and butterbean salad, which will fill you up for the afternoon and deliver four of your 5-a-day
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Roasted veg & couscous salad

4.413795

(29 ratings)

Throw together a filling and fragrant couscous salad for a vegetarian lunchbox meal, or double it for a buffet
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Smoky beef stew

3.75

(20 ratings)

Enjoy this simple stew for dinner, then pack into boxes to keep you going for lunches
  • 3 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Sesame chicken noodles

5

(1 rating)

Forget soggy lunchbox sandwiches and whip up a tasty and healthy chicken and noodle salad for lunch using our pre-made roast chicken recipe
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Meal prep: rice

3.6

(5 ratings)

Eat well at work with two lunchboxes made from the same rice base – one with tuna, the other with feta and beetroot. They're gluten-free and high in protein...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Coronation chicken salad

5

(1 rating)

Rustle up this healthy and filling coronation chicken salad for a packed lunch in just five minutes using our roast chicken cooked beforehand to save time
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Asian chicken salad

4.583335

(24 ratings)

This easy-to-prepare salad is filled with zingy flavours - the simplified version is great for kids' lunchboxes too
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Butternut squash salad

3.652175

(23 ratings)

Get a whopping 4 of your 5-a-day with this superhealthy salad, why not make extra for your lunchbox too
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Lemony tuna & asparagus salad box

4.5

(6 ratings)

A new take on the classic salad Niçoise. This lean salad is bulked out by storecupboard cannellini beans and flavoured with dill and lemon
  • 13 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Sunshine Cobb salad

4.8

(5 ratings)

Pack 4 of your 5-a-day into your lunchbox with this healthy black bean, egg and prawn salad with a sweet chilli and lime dressing
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chicken taco salad

5

(3 ratings)

A crunchy chicken salad that's zesty, healthy and 4 of your 5-a-day. Try this for variety in your teenager's lunchbox or take it to work...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Lemon & coriander hummus

4.347825

(23 ratings)

Hummus is so easy to make and beats shop-bought varieties every time. Try it with vegetable crudités in your packed lunch
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Hearty mushroom soup

4.257575

(66 ratings)

A satisfying and low-fat vegetarian soup that's a good source of folic acid
  • 1 hour
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Healthy Turkish meatloaf

3.5

(6 ratings)

Serve this lamb meatloaf and salad at a summer picnic or packed up for lunch. It's tasty and healthy too, delivering all five of your five-a-day...
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

4.58654

(728 ratings)

A delicious, spicy blend, packed full of iron and low fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour or can be made in a slow cooker...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Stuffed Moroccan pitta

3.166665

(6 ratings)

Stuff wheat-free bread with falafels, hummus, red pepper and rocket leaves for a healthy and filling lunch
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Prawn & avocado wrap

3.5

(2 ratings)

Wrap up something healthy for your lunchbox. This sandwich is flavoured with lime, spring onion and spicy sauce
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Bean & barley soup

4

(4 ratings)

Low-fat, vegetarian and super-healthy, this filling one-pot lunch or dinner is packed with chickpeas, butter beans and pearl barley
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spicy avocado wraps

4.642855

(14 ratings)

Pan-fry vegetarian, chicken-style pieces with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps - cool before assembling if packing for lunch
  • 13 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Veggie wholewheat pot noodle

4

(1 rating)

This clever packed lunch is super healthy, with crisp vegetables, wholewheat noodles and a spicy, zingy dressing
  • 23 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Beetroot & mint dip

4.666665

(3 ratings)

A healthy and vibrant dip, flavoured with nigella seeds and cumin to serve with crudites or flatbreads - it works well in lunchboxes too
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Pea, mint & chilli dip

3.4

(5 ratings)

A speedy guacamole-style purée that's ready in minutes and perfect for snacking or lunchboxes
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Barley couscous & prawn tabbouleh

4.5

(2 ratings)

Crunchy cucumber and juicy nectarines add a freshness to this high-fibre, healthy lunch - for a veggie version, swap the prawns for cashews or pecans.
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chicken, carrot & avocado rolls

5

(2 ratings)

Healthy, quick and simple tortilla wraps with shredded chicken, vegetables and salad - perfect for little lunchboxes
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

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